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Happy Birthday, Manasi Joshi, The Para-Badminton Star

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It was a golden week in August 2019 for badminton in India. PV Sindhu had won the 2019 Word Championships in Basel. In the Para Badminton World Championships Manasi Joshi won the gold. It was her first gold in the singles. Manasi Joshi was born on 11 June 1989.

She picked up the racquet for the first time when she was 6. Her father, was a scientist at Mumbai’s Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and introduced her to the sport. He was also her first coach. Growing up, academics was a priority at the Joshi household. However, she was exposed to various sports, music, dance etc. in her childhood. She grew up to be a software engineer in the city of dreams, Mumbai.

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The Accident

It was an unfortunate day in December 2011, when she met with a horrific accident. She was on her way to work on a motorbike when a lorry hit her and ran over her leg. Her left leg had been crushed and had to be amputated. Manasi returned to badminton as apart of her rehabilitation program and decided to turn pro in 2014. Currently she competes in the SL 3 category (standing/lower limb impairment/minor) with a prosthetic leg.

International career

Joshi won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Para-Badminton World Championship in 2015. In October 2018, she won a bronze medal for India at the Asian Para Games 2018, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2019 in Basel, she beat defending champion and compatriot Parul Parmar to clinch the gold.

Manasi Joshi- The unbreakable spirit

Manasi has a very positive mindset and an unbreakable spirit. Her journey from losing a leg to being a world champion is truly inspiring. What could have been a depressing period of her life,she has turned into a totally productive opportunity to scale greater heights.

“Trust me, there was not even a single point where I felt something very bad has happened to me. I’ll say the worst I felt was when I came home and I looked at myself in mirror and said, ‘Oh yeah this doesn’t look good!’ But then after a few days I felt ‘It’s OK, it’s just a scar… it’s just a leg.'” She said in an interview. “It has been a journey of learning about the inner self, how human body can adapt to different situations, and how we can push ourselves for the betterment of self and society.”

Happy birthday Manasi Joshi! You make India proud!